last plague – Exodus 11
Today’s Reading Schedule: exodus 10-12(CEB)- Click to read
The Lord said to Moses, “I’ll bring one more disaster on Pharaoh and on Egypt. After that, he’ll let you go from here. In fact, when he lets you go, he’ll eagerly chase you out of here. 2 Tell every man to ask his neighbor and every woman to ask her neighbor for all their silver and gold jewelry.” 3 The Lord made sure that the Egyptians were kind to the Hebrew people. In addition, Pharaoh’s officials and the Egyptian people even came to honor Moses as a great and important man in the land.
4 Moses said, “This is what the Lord says: At midnight I’ll go throughout Egypt. 5 Every oldest child in the land of Egypt will die, from the oldest child of Pharaoh who sits on his throne to the oldest child of the servant woman by the millstones, and all the first offspring of the animals. 6 Then a terrible cry of agony will echo through the whole land of Egypt unlike any heard before or that ever will be again. 7 But as for the Israelites, not even a dog will growl at them, at the people, or at their animals. By this, you will know that the Lord makes a distinction between Egypt and Israel. 8 Then all your officials will come down to me, bow to me, and say, ‘Get out, you and all your followers!’ After that I’ll leave.” Then Moses, furious, left Pharaoh.
9 The Lord said to Moses, “Pharaoh won’t listen to you so that I can perform even more amazing acts in the land of Egypt.” 10 Now Moses and Aaron did all these amazing acts in front of Pharaoh, but the Lord made Pharaoh stubborn so that he didn’t let the Israelites go from his land.
What Does the passage Mean to Me/US?
God announces the final disaster for Egypt.
We see how it is difficult for Pharoh to let go of the people.
There are several moments through the other plagues where Pharoh agreed to have the people go.
We see, however, they were always partial agreements.
‘Not everyone can go.’ ‘Just have the men go.’ ‘You may go but don’t take the livestock.’
Yes, it was God who hardened Pharoh’s heart, but we also see how difficult it was for Pharoh to let go.
There were so much he had to let go of him to be compliant with God’s will.
On the other hand, the Israelites were learning how to follow God in totality.
That was what made a distinction between the Israelite and Egyptians.
“By this, you will know that the Lord makes a distinction between Egypt and Israel” (Exodus 11:7).
Do we have too much to let go, before we are able to become obedient to God’s will?
Do we live our lives as living sacrifices of obedience?
Lord, we lay down our lives, as a living sacrifice. Recieve our lives and mold it for your glory. In Christ Name, we pray, AMEN
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